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Former NL MVP Braun suspended for season

Not long after news breaks that Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is suspended for the rest of the season for violating the MLB drug policy, the 2011 NL MVP admits that he has made mistakes, apologizes and accepts his suspension.

Not long after news breaks that Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun is suspended for the rest of the season for violating the MLB drug policy, the 2011 NL MVP admits that he has made mistakes, apologizes and accepts his suspension.

MILWAUKEE — Major League Baseball suspended Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun without pay for the remainder of the 2013 regular season and postseason for violation of the Basic Agreement and its Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the league announced Monday.

The suspension is effective immediately, as Braun will not contest the suspension.

He admitted his culpability in a statement released through Major League Baseball:

“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it is has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization. I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country. Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed — all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.”

Braun’s suspension follows Major League Baseball’s investigation of the Biogenesis clinic.

Braun had won an appeal to avoid suspension after allegedly violating baseball’s drug policy in 2011.

There will be no appeal this time.

Braun was named the National League MVP in 2011 and is hitting .298 with nine homers this season.

“We commend Ryan Braun for taking responsibility for his past actions,” said Rob Manfred, executive vice president, Economics & League Affairs for Major League Baseball. “We all agree that it is in the best interest of the game to resolve this matter. When Ryan returns, we look forward to him making positive contributions to Major League Baseball, both on and off the field.”